OpenEd: week 7

This week I’m really late with my assignment. I read the main papers and saw the CC video (thanks to Alessandro for the Italian version!) but I’m not able to answer in a convinving way to our questions.

My strongest feeling is that this field is still too complicated, so, for example, I don’t think that CC is missing some options! I guess we should simplify, if possible also unify licences, not create one more flavour of copyleft! Please take a look to the compatibility grid, also proposed by David, if you are still not convinced..

Why the open education movement should need a special license?

Last week I was almost sure that CC-SA and/or CC-NC were good choices for OER. Now I have some more doubts, but I’m still sure that OER need some protection against uncontrolled wide commercial use. I now see that Stian, for example, shares my strain on this point.

About a possible “non-attribution” CC license, it could be an interesting option (a CC-SA only, for example), but, are we sure that remixing and reuse are so heavily limited by a little citation of the original author?

On the contrary, as stated by Leigh, maybe that CC-BY could be the “basic” license for OER, until we’ll surrender to the power of PD!!

I realize that copyleft IS a limitation (one of its mottoes is “some rights reserved”, isn’t it?) but I still think that some limitation is required.

I want to dedicate a final comment to the reflection on the “openness” of most courses, made by Alessandro. I often discuss of it with faculties: in our universities the physical classroms are open, anyone can attend a lesson, without requiring enrollment, while virtual classrooms are mostly closed! Isn’t it an inconsistency? In the case of Moodle, why not make courses open to the “guest” account? Guests cannot participate in any activity, i.e. they cannot “disturb” the classwork, while they could access resources and see “what happens” in the course: a valuable opportunity for colleagues..

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4 Responses to “OpenEd: week 7”

  1. 1 Open courses Ott 16th, 2007 at 14:42

    sono veramente d’accordo che i corsi online dovrebbero essere aperti ai “visitanti”, come lo sono i corsi “in meat space” 🙂 Questo corso qui e’ un esempio buono.

  2. 2 Open courses Ott 16th, 2007 at 14:48

    Sono totalmente d’accordo che i corsi virtuali dovrebbero essere aperti ai “visitanti”, come lo sono i corsi in “meat space”… penso que questo corso qui sia un buon esempio d’esso. Pero forse dovremmo produrre un open-ed-planet, per le gente che vogliono leggere i nostri blogpost, senza dovere cargare un OPML in sua RSS reader (se ce l’hanno).


  3. 3 Pierfranco Ravotto Nov 1st, 2007 at 18:03

    Hi Antonio

    very interesting questions.
    In the SLOOP project we have chosen the CC Attribution-ShareAlike.
    Attribution to give a chance to our “narcissism”: I leave all people free to use, but I like that they know that I have done it 🙂
    ShareAlike to avoid that someone modify it and introduce an “all right reserved” copyright.

  1. 1 OpenEd: week 13 - The future of Open Education at Anto’stuff Pingback on Nov 26th, 2007 at 9:02

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